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MISSION: The purpose of this organization shall be to promote library services and librarianship in school libraries in Texas and to cooperate in the promotion of general and joint enterprises with the Texas Library Association.
With more than 4500 members, TASL strives to meet the unique needs of school librarians forming ties with librarians throughout the state.
TASL sponsors numerous programs and workshops at the TLA Annual Conference. Programs include collection development, technology, author and storyteller presentations, school librarian leadership, library facilities, teacher/librarian collaboration, student research, literacy and many more.
- TASL organizes state and national legislative days to advocate for school libraries and librarians.
- TASL advocates for librarians as teachers so that school librarians are included in the 65% rule.
- TASL sponsors the School Administrator of the Year Award to promote and recognize the support of school administrators for library programs.
- TASL co-sponsors conference programs
- TASL and CRT make recommendations for members to serve on the Texas Bluebonnet Program and Selection Committees.
- TASL is working to forge a strong relationship between school librarians and parents. See our resource page geared to help school librarians work with parents.
To volunteer for TASL please use the following form: TASL Volunteer Form (doc) You may also use the following link to fill out the online form using Google Docs:
For more information about TASL committees, please view the TASL Committee Volunteer Opportunities document. Here is an alternative version if you prefer PDF: TASL Committee Volunteer Opportunities PDF.
TECH CAMP: Technology Conference within a Conference
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 • TLA Annual Conference
Location: Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, Texas
Early Bird Registration: $50 for TLA Members; $65 for Non-Members
Spend a day with our Tech Camp Counselors and earn life-saving badges of knowledge that will move your library down the 21st century technology trail.
- 8:30-9:00 – Arrival & Registration; Don't forget to pick up your FREE TECH CAMP T-shirt and other goodies!
- 9:00-9:45 – Keynote, Dr. Bruce Ellis, TCEA – Levels of Technology Integration
We all agree that technology integration is a good thing. Trying to explain what it looks like for teachers with different skill levels, though, may prove more challenging. By identify specific levels of technology integration, our teachers are better prepared to accurately self-assess their own level of use/integration and develop a plan of how to go deeper in their journey of integrating technology in meaningful ways in their classroom
- 9:45-10:00 – Break/Move
- 10:00-10:45 – Breakout Sessions (attendees will have a variety of sessions from which to choose)
- Game On! Using Game Based Learning To Ramp Up Your Instruction In this session, participants will learn how to incorporate console video game systems like the Nintendo Wii/xBox Kinect and Game Based Learning strategies into library instruction and programming in order to build successful collaborations and impact student learning. – Jennifer LaGarde
- Get Organized: Librarians are busy people! How does one keep up? Come learn from a Tech Ninja some of the "latest and greatest" organizational tech tools that you have can use for FREE!– Todd Nelsoney
- Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship: We are all bombarded with technology; whether it is websites, devices and gadgets, or online services, each person has a growing digital footprint that they are developing. Join us as we talk about ways to safely interact online and limit the access that others have to your information. Lots of resources will be shared that you can take back and use with your teachers, students, and parents.– Bruce Ellis
- i [heart] bluebonnets: Digital promotion and Programming Expand your digital toolkit to engage students and promote your Bluebonnet Program with tips from the TBA committee. You and your readers will [heart] bluebonnetbooks using fun apps and programs – Mary Jo Humphreys
- The Best Tech Tools I’ve Ever Used: As rapidly as technology is evolving, what technology tools will enhance your library program, classrooms, and school? You will learn some cutting edge tools, creative and crazy apps, and an energy and flare that will leave you excited about making an impact in your district. – Matt Nichols
- It’s Appy Hour with No Cover Charge: A session packed with the best free apps available for iPads in the classroom. Companion websites will also be included for a refreshing taste of new technology integration ideas! – Naomi Bates
*These breakout sessions will be repeated 3 times during the day.
- 10:45-11:00 – Latrine break
- 11:00-11:45 – Breakout Sessions See descriptions above. [11:45-12:00 – Head to the Mess Hall]
- 12:00-1:30 – Lunch/Keynote, Library Girl, Jennifer LeGarde – Cape Optional! Leading From The Library!
The evolving needs of library communities (be they school, academic or public) require new dynamic, innovate and ever changing roles for librarian-leaders. In this keynote, Jennifer LaGarde will help arm future library-leaders with the tools they need to move out of the stacks and into the limelight where library programs are recognized as essential rather than expendable. [1:30-1:45 – Break/Move]
- 1:45-2:30 – Breakout Sessions See descriptions above. [1:30-1:45 – Break/Move]
- 2:45-3:30 – Keynote, Tech Ninja, Todd Nesloney – Web Collaboration Tools
- What does it take to inspire a child? How can we impact students on a much deeper level? It's all about building relationships between educators, and by using web collaboration tools, it’s easy!
- 3:30-4:00 – Texas Media Awards Announcement, Wrap up, Q&A, Evaluation, Networking, Taps
Created on Apr 1, 2010 | Last updated September 16, 2013